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Faculty Scholarship & Impact

The Criminal Justice Program’s faculty is ranked among the best in the nation, including the top ten in scholarly impact, with both Christopher Slobogin and Nancy King ranked in the top twelve of all criminal law and procedure professors in the nation.

Criminal Law Faculty Scholarship

Owen Jones, Keynote: "Brain Perspectives on Investor Behavior and Decision-Making Errors," 41 Seattle University Law Review 241 (2018) (symposium issue: Berle Conference on Investor Time Horizons)

Owen Jones, "Decoding Guilty Minds: How Jurors Attribute Knowledge and Guilt," 71 Vanderbilt Law Review 241 (2018) (with 5 others)

Nancy King, "Appeals by the Prosecution," 15 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 482 (2018) (with M. Heise)

Nancy King, "State Criminal Appeals Revealed," 70 Vanderbilt Law Review 1939 (2017) (with M. Heise & N. Heise)

Nancy King, Criminal Procedure and the Constitution: Leading Supreme Court Cases and Introductory Text (West 2017) (casebook, revised and published annually) (also coauthored prior editions) (with Israel, Kamisar and LaFave)

Terry Maroney, "Emotion as a Judicial Virtue," in Aristotle on Emotions in Law and Politics (L. Huppes-Cluysenaer & N. Coehlo eds., 2018)

Robert Mikos, Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority (Wolters Kluwer, 2017)

Robert Mikos, "How to Make Preemption Less Palatable: State Poison Pill Legislation," 85 George Washington Law Review 1 (2017)

Michael Newton, The United States Department of Defense Law of War Manual: Commentary and Critique (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Michael Newton, "Reframing the Proportionality Principle," 51 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 867 (2018)

Michael Newton, "Contorting Common Article 3: Reflections on the Revised ICRC Commentary," 45 Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law 513 (2017)

Michael Newton, "How the ICC Threatens Treaty Norms," 49 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 371 (2016) [cited by the ICC Prosecutor Nov 2017 request to Pre-Trial Chamber related to the Afghanistan situation]

Michael Newton, Prosecuting Maritime Piracy: Domestic Solutions to International Crimes (Cambridge University Press 2015) (with Michael P. Scharf and Milena Sterio)

Christopher Slobogin, "The Case for a Federal Criminal Justice System (and Sentencing Reform)," California Law Review (forthcoming, 2019)

Christopher Slobogin, "Principles of Risk Assessment:  Sentencing and Policing," 15 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 583-596 (2018)

Christopher Slobogin, "The Characteristics of Insanity and the Insanity Evaluation Process," 36 Behavioral Sciences & the Law 271-276 (2018).

Christopher Slobogin, "Preventive Justice:  A Paradigm in Need of Testing—The 2016 American Psychology-Law Society Distinguished Contribution Lecture," 36 Behavioral Sciences & the Law 396-410 (2018)

Christopher Slobogin, "Who Knows What, When?: A Survey of Privacy Policies Proffered by U.S. Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing Companies," 15 Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy 35-66 (2018) (with James Hazel)

Christopher Slobogin, "Is It Time for a Universal Genetic Forensic Database?," 362 Science 898-900 (2018) (with James Hazel, Ellen Clayton & Brad Malin)

Christopher Slobogin, "Algorithmic Risk Assessments and the Double-Edged Sword of Youth," 96 Washington University Law Review 1-26 (2018) (with Megan Stevenson).  A longer version appears at 36 Behavioral Sciences & the Law 636-656 (2018).

Faculty Scholarly Presentations

Christopher Slobogin, Jan. 18: Roundtable on Psychological Tests and the Courts, Arizona State University Law School

Christopher Slobogin, Feb. 22: The Government and Data Privacy Law, JETLaw Symposium, Vanderbilt Law School

Christopher Slobogin, Feb. 24: Moderator and Panelist, The Death Penalty in Tennessee, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Christopher Slobogin, Mar. 1-2: Panelist & commentator, Criminal Justice Roundtable on Policing, South Carolina Law School

Christopher Slobogin, Mar.15: "Algorithmic Risk Assessments and the Double-Edged Sword of Youth," American-Psychology Law Conference, Portland, Oregon

Christopher Slobogin, Mar. 29-30: Arnold Loewy and Dangerousness, Disability and DNA, Criminal Justice Symposium, Texas Tech Law School

Christopher Slobogin, Apr. 9: "The Death Penalty in Operation,"Belle Meade Country Club, Nashville

Christopher Slobogin, Apr. 12-13: "Specialized Federal Criminal Courts," Symposium on Federal Court Reform, UC Berkeley School of Law

Christopher Slobogin, April 20: Fourth Annual Roundtable on AI and Law/Ethics/Policy, Vanderbilt Law School

Christopher Slobogin, May 9: Constitutional Mental Health Law, Annual Tennessee Forensic Mental Health Meeting

Christopher Slobogin, May 17: Participant, "Consuming Genetics: The Ethical and Legal Considerations of Consumer Genetic Technologies," Peterie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology & Bioethics, Harvard University

Christopher Slobogin, May 22:"The Legality of Deception During Interrogation,"Bielefeld University, Germany

Christopher Slobogin, May 29: The Competency Restoration Process, ABA Criminal Justice Forensic Sciences Meeting, New York

Media Commentary

Associated Press: US Supreme Court to review Kansas' lack of insanity defense
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted. This story has been republished by several outlets, including the Washington Post , WKRN (News 2) , U.S. News and World Report , Atlanta Journal-Constitution   and The Hill .

PolitiFact: A guide to possible paths to impeachment (or not) in the House
Christopher Slobogin
, Milton R. Underwood professor of law, is quoted.

Vox: Does AG Barr’s summary of the Mueller report “exonerate” Trump? I asked 15 legal experts.
Christopher Slobogin
, Milton R. Underwood professor in Law, is quoted.

Washington Post: Why this former inmate is struggling to rent a home, even with Kim Kardashian’s help
Christopher Slobogin
, Milton R. Underwood professor in Law, is quoted.

Vox: What does Michael Cohen’s plea deal mean for Trump? I asked 13 legal experts. - August 22, 2018 - Christopher Slobogin , Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, is quoted. Slobogin also was quoted in this Telegraph piece about the viability of impeaching President Trump.

The Guardian: Trump’s ‘good person’ defence could affect jurors in Manafort trial - August 20, 2018 - Christopher Slobogin

Opinion: Tennessean: Billy Irick should not be executed - August 8, 2018 - Christopher Slobogin

The Tennessean: Prosecutors are fighting new Tennessee guideline on sharing evidence that helps defendants - July 23, 2018 - Christopher Slobogin

BBC: Do long prison sentences deter crime? - May 16, 2018 -  Christopher Slobogin

Wall Street Journal: Lawyer’s office is unusual target for federal agents - April 10, 2018 - Christopher Slobogin

The Wall Street Journal: States consider laws allowing courts to take guns from dangerous people - March 2, 2018 -  Christopher Slobogin

The Washington Post: The Health 202: Here’s one reason the Florida shooter wasn’t blocked from getting a gun - February 23, 2018 - Christopher Slobogin

ABC News: What’s next in the Mueller investigation into Russian interference - October 31, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

Mashable: Google Clips is a camera that snaps its own pics, but some have privacy concerns - October 10, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

The New York Times Magazine: When ‘Not Guilty’ is a Life Sentence - September 27, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

Popular Science: Your DNA probably didn’t make you do it - September 19, 2017 -  Christopher Slobogin

CNBC: I asked 12 legal experts if the latest Trump-Russia news showed obstruction of justice - August 3, 2017 -  Christopher Slobogin

Vox: I asked 6 legal experts if Trump obstructed justice. Here’s what they told me. - June 7, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

The Telegraph (U.K.): What happens if Donald Trump is impeached and who would be the next president? - May 22, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

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